It's been nagging me recently the thought that that army loeses quite a few good soldiers at between their 5 and 10 year points, for many varying reasons, but one which particularly stands out in my mind is the percived lack of opportunity that many feel they have. These individuals are often realise they are going to be stuck at L\Cpl or Cpl level for reasons such as lack of leadership ability, frustration that they are often much more intelligent than those above them but don't know how to best use it and are often described as 'a pain in the aarse', or some who after being passed over repeatedly decide to pack it in. Why not try and keep them? Why not try and actually get them in a job that they will shine in? I know that (from first hand experience) it gets very frustrating to know that you have talents and abilities that are not being used, but often feel no more than a name on a nominal role that keeps the OC's manning levels chirpy, and the fact that you don't like to hit\kick\run with a ball has exempted you from further career progression. Anyway, back to my main point. Why does teh army not introduce a second aptitude test at say the 3 or 4 year point? Many who take teh entry tests have barly begun to think for themselves, and several years already served would have their brain firing at a much better rate than when they first took it. This test should be differnt from the orgional, and look for traits that the army needs in more specialised jobs which require differernt methods of thought. A soldier could then be offered the choice of moving over to a more suitable job and career path (I'm thinking of the more technical and analytical posts here). WHilst it would not work for all soldiers, it would have the benefit of highlighting troops whoes abilities, latent or otherwise, have so far been ignored. The army wastes an awful lot of good manpower each year to wasteage that can be avoided, and to keep hugely intelligent soldiers as drivers, chefs, lineys etc until they just feel that they have had enough and leave is simply a wste of an already trained workforce. Is it a viable idea? Is it a good idea? Does the army need to look after soldiers careers better when they fall by the wayside? Saying to a 5 year private at CR time 'I know Pte Bloggs has an IQ of 115, but his lack of enthusiasm when carrying out his job of POL storeman is hampering any chance of future progression' is hardly encouraging.